For more information about admission requirements, deadlines or any other questions you have please contact our Student Success & Development Coordinator.
Phone: 705.474.3450 Ext. 4441
In the Indigenous Foundations Program students have the opportunity to earn university credits in an environment, which encourages growth, and learning while respecting cultural and traditional diversity.
The program provides students with a learning environment focused on the "Sweetgrass Holistic Approach to Support" where they can pursue their academic goals and be successful while balancing personal wellness.
An integrated staff of Elders, faculty and a dedicated Student Success Coordinator supports learners in the Indigenous Foundations Program program. This team recognizes and celebrates the learner' identities as Indigenous people.
When students successfully complete their first year in the Indigenous Foundations Program, they will have earned up to 24 university credits towards their university degree. Students will also have developed a strong foundational basis of academic and personal skills to help ensure their continued success in their studies at Nipissing University.
Academic Resources and Supports
Students participate in a series of workshops and activities to strengthen and enhance their academic skills and knowledge.
- One-on-one (or small group) tutoring sessions
- Writing and grammar skills workshops
- Study Skills Seminars
- Laptop Lending Initiative - any student in the Indigenous Foundations Program, who requires a laptop for their first year can borrow one through the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
"I didn’t look at university as an option because I thought I wasn’t smart enough. I didn’t believe I could succeed. I didn’t think it was the right place for me. But after applying for the Aboriginal Advantage Transition-to-University Program, being accepted, getting some experience, and getting to know what university is like, it’s amazing to be at Nipissing. By doing the work and putting in the effort, I’ve shown myself that I can succeed at the university level. I took a chance and now I’m excelling way past the point I thought I’d be."Dakota, Bachelor of Arts Honours Specialization in Social Welfare and Social Development, Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Personal Resources and Supports
A Student Success Coordinator works with students to find balance between their academic and personal lives.
- Transition Support
- Stress Management
- Budgeting/housing assistance (scholarships/awards/bursaries)
Peer and Community Connection
In the Indigenous Foundations Program, students are encouraged to make connections with their classmates, the staff and faculty within the university community.
- Cohort Model of Learning (learning together in group)
- Connecting first year students in the Indigenous Foundations Program with previous AAP students and the wider Nipissing University community
The Indigenous Foundations Program involves the participation of Elders from the community to create connections to cultural support for students.
- Sharing circles and smudges
- Individual sessions with the Elder
- On-going guidance and mentorship
Who can apply?
The Indigenous Foundations Program welcomes applicants from a wide range of students with Aboriginal ancestry who would like additional supports for their transition to university.
- Recent high school graduates
- Recent college graduates and transfer students
- Mature Students
Application Required Documents
- Completed Application Form
- Statement of Intent - Personal letter outlining the student's educational goals, strengths and challenges.
- Updated resumé
- 2 Reference Forms from non-family members (1 personal /1 professional - Possible references include, teachers, employers, Elders or community members.)
- Original Transcripts (Secondary & Postsecondary)
- Proof of Ancestry
Make sure to contact our Student Success & Development Coordinator if you have any questions. 705-474-3450 Ext. 4441
Ready to apply to the Indigenous Foundations Program?
For additional information about admission requirements, deadlines or any other questions you have please contact our Student Success & Development Coordinator.
Phone: 705-474-3450 Ext. 4441
Indigenous Foundations Program Orientation 2019-20
Orientation for the Indigenous Foundations Program is essential to starting your year off in a good way. It is an opportunity for you to get acquainted with your peers and on-campus support network. The three day orientation will begin on campus on Tuesday August 27, 2019. During the first day you will meet your peers, pick up your computer, tour the campus, register for courses etc. Days two and three will be held off campus at Spirit Point in Trout Creek, Ontario (about a 40-minute drive from North Bay). During these two days students will engage in a series of activities that will allow you to build meaningful relationships with your peers, support staff and faculty. We will provide transportation, accommodations and food while you are there - there is no cost to students. Previous students feel that this is their favourite part of the program. Full attendance is mandatory.
Additional orientation information will be emailed to your Nipissing University email account at the end of June, 2019.
Indigenous Foundations Program Course Registration Instructions
Students enrolled in the Indigenous Foundations Program have the choice to register throughout the summer or they can wait and register for their courses during the first day of orientation, August 27th, 2019.
If you choose to register from home over the summer, please see the instructions below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Success & Development Coordinator for the Indigenous Foundations Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 474-3450 Ext. 4441.